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United Methodist Communities at Collingswood (UMC) and It’s Never 2 Late (iN2L) Celebrate 20 Years of Senior Living Residents Having Fun with Innovative Technology

Senior engagement technology company visited UMC as part of a three-month cross-country road trip UMC, a leading senior living community in Collingswood, New Jersey, participated in the iN2L 60/20 tour, a cross-country road trip both celebrating 20 years of senior living residents having fun with iN2L technology and the 60th birthday of iN2L President and …

7 Symptoms and 4 Causes of Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a progressive and chronic condition in which fluid builds up around the heart, limiting its ability to pump properly. Here are some insights into this health condition from the team at our hospice in South Jersey. 7 Symptoms of CHF  Shortness of breath Fatigue Swelling in the legs, ankles, and …

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Adaptive Exercise with Randé Makes for a Good Day

Meet Randé Every Thursday, residents at United Methodist Communities at PineRidge eagerly await the arrival of Randé Jermaine Kirkwood. His Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a concentration in Fitness and Aging from Montclair State University makes him a perfect fit for older adults. Randé’s business name, STUMBA, stands for Strength Training Utilizing Mobility …

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United Methodist Communities Awarded Three dotCOMM Awards

dotCOMM Awards announced winners for the 2019 international awards competition honoring excellence in web creativity and digital communication. United Methodist Communities (UMC) won two Platinum awards, the first for their YouTube Channel, and the second for the YouTube video, Rich and Marion. UMC’s website blog garnered a Gold Award. dotCOMM Awards’ categories are the elements of the web’s evolving tools. Interactivity, content, design, social media, video, apps, blogs, and influencers are all important components of digital public relations, marketing and advertising campaigns. There were over 2,000 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and 14 other countries in the dotCOMM Awards 2019 competition. …

How Moving into Assisted Living Helps Prevent Emergency Hospitalizations

Hospitalizations are common for seniors, especially trips to the emergency room as a result of falls, upper respiratory tract infections, medication mismanagement and complications with health conditions like diabetes and heart disease. But, according to specialists, researchers, and our assisted living team in Gloucester County, it shouldn’t be this way. According to a congressional report …

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How Does Medicare Cover Cancer? Part 2 of 2

By Danielle Kunkle Roberts What are my out-of-pocket costs for cancer treatment under Medicare? If you choose Original Medicare, you have deductibles for Part A and Part B. In 2019, the Part A deductible is $1,364, and you pay it for each benefit period. A benefit period under Part A begins the first day you …

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How Does Medicare Cover Cancer? Part 1 of 2

By Danielle Kunkle Roberts A cancer diagnosis is devastating, regardless of your age. But if you’re a senior on a fixed income, you have additional concerns—especially your medical costs and whether or not Medicare will cover your care. The good news is that Medicare does cover many expenses associated with your cancer treatment. Your out-of-pocket …

Why are Immunizations Essential for Seniors?

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and our assisted living team in Camden County, NJ wants to raise awareness of why immunizations for seniors really matter! Immunizations and Seniors  Each year, thousands of adults are hospitalized with diseases that can be prevented by vaccinations, leading to costly medical bills, possible long-term damage to health, and even  risk of …

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Kingston, Jamaica Brings New Friends and Insights

Keri Sherman had an amazing opportunity to serve as part of the Missionaries of the Poor, an international religious institute dedicated to serving the poorest of the poor. Keri is the social service coordinator of United Methodist Communities at Wesley by the Bay. Keri traveled with a team of nurses, doctors and social workers to …

What Are the Latest Advancements in Hospice Care?

New technologies are transforming every industry, and hospice care is no exception. Here are some exciting new advancements that are entering the industry to improve care for terminal patients. Predictive Analytics in Hospice Care  These data systems collect and analyze patient data from medical teams and support systems to help chart and predict changes in …

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K4Connect Expands into New Jersey as United Methodist Communities Deploys New Technology for Residents and Associates

K4Connect , a purpose-driven technology company that creates solutions that serve and empower older adults and those living with a disability, announced today its expansion into New Jersey through a strategic partnership with United Methodist Communities (UMC), an influential provider of residential and community-based services for older adults. United Methodist Communities will deploy K4Connect’s premier connected-life senior living solution, …

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Associate Close-Up: Ian Scheer, Director of Tapestries®

We recently sat down with Ian Scheer, Director of Memory Support Services at Collingswood, to learn more about him and his passion for memory care and services. These are his words: What is your name and position? Ian Scheer, Director of Tapestries® Memory Care.   What do you like best about working for United Methodist …

What is The Relationship Between Cancer and Lifestyle Factors?

Cancer is one of the most prolific and devastating health conditions of our time and, while the exact causes of the many types of cancer are out of our control (including genetic factors), there are some ways we can help prevent these diseases. Taking a proactive approach often means making important changes to our lifestyles …

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Associate Close-Up: Gary Slattery, Executive Chef at Collingswood

We recently sat down with Gary Slattery, the Executive Chef at Collingswood, to learn more about him and his passion for food and senior care and services. These are his words.   What is your name and job title (include UMC location/site)? Gary W. Slattery Executive Chef of United Methodist Communities at Collingswood.   Where …

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Free Dementia Training for Gloucester County First Responders

Expert to cover successful approaches, communication tools, and problem solving skills Consider the range of unpredictable situations first responders face each day. About 51 million Americans are age 65 and over while about 5.8 million live with some type of dementia. These statistics drastically increase first responders’ chances not only, of encountering older adults, but …

4 Tips for Regaining Self-Confidence After a Fall

When we’re younger, a fall is often a minor incident that’s quickly forgotten – but for seniors, it can be a devastating shock. In fact, falls are the leading cause of disability and serious injuries in seniors, often leading to emergency room visits, surgery and lengthy healing times. It’s easy to see how a fall …

5 Great Reasons to Volunteer at Your Local Hospice!

If you’re looking to give back to your community or take an active role in helping people, then volunteering at a local hospice can be a rewarding experience for you. Here’s why:   You’ll make a real difference. Volunteers make a meaningful difference in a hospice — they’re someone new to talk to, a positive and …

What is PTSD?

June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day and the team at our assisted living community in Gloucester County is raising awareness about this condition to help people better identify, treat, and cope with it. What is PTSD?  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a mental health condition that can be triggered by a highly stressful or traumatic event …